Local entrepreneur launches lawn care business in Gloucestershire

An experienced business development professional with a passion for the outdoors has launched his own lawn care business after investing in one of the UK’s leading franchises, TruGreen Professional LawnCare.

Mike Simmonds, of Longlevens, invested in his new business after a successful career in recruitment and business development in Gloucestershire spanning 10 years. Whilst helping other organisations secure development grants and business advice, Mike’s desire to run his own business and work outdoors became overwhelming and he started his journey into franchising.

TruGreen Professional LawnCare, a franchise of one of the UK’s leading and largest, multi-brand franchisors ServiceMaster, provides customised lawn care services to create beautiful lawns for its customers. TruGreen was founded in the US in 1973 and launched in the UK in 2004 and is part of the world’s largest franchise lawn care company.

Mike said: “I’m excited to get started in my new business and build something for myself and my family. As the business grows, I’ll look to take on additional staff, both skilled and apprentices, and invest further into the local area. My main focus is to provide the highest level of customer service so that my clients come back to me year after year.”

All new TruGreen franchise investors undertake intensive training at the ServiceMaster Franchise Support Centre under the tutelage of TruGreen brand operations manager and former Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch and the wider ServiceMaster franchise support team. As part of the training, Mike achieved his City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use Of Pesticides (PA1 and PA6), which allows him to provide a professional, accredited and safe service to customers.

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen added: “Mike has all the attributes and potential of a fantastic TruGreen franchise owner. He’s sharp, business-focused and has the customer at the forefront of his mind. With his new skills and lawn care knowledge, we know his business will be a success.”

ServiceMaster has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and Rosemary Bookkeeping.  TruGreen has been recognised as a leading franchise opportunity in the Elite Franchise Top 100 franchises in the United Kingdom and will exhibit at the upcoming National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on 16th and 17th February.